The storm that stretched Friday afternoon commutes and dumped snow across Chicago is out of the area, leaving area residents to higher temperatures and expected slush over the next few days.
Though most of the snow is gone, some Chicago-area residents can expect a dusting of lake effect snow Saturday morning from southern Lake County south to downtown Chicago, according to Mike Bardou, a meteorologist for the national weather service.
Temperatures rose slightly overnight to about 28 degrees, where they're expected to hover until Sunday. Highs Sunday are expected to rise into the upper 30s, possibly up to 40, Bardou said.
From then until Monday night, expect rain, snow, or a mix of the two: light rain Sunday night, a chance for rain Monday morning before it cools off and maybe light snow Monday night.
Complicating matters will be winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour on Monday, Bardou said.
Friday's storm tapered off about 6:15 p.m., but travel times on expressways remained long, with some commutes more than four hours.
Even into the night drivers continued crashing: Illinois State Police in Chicago responded to 40 accidents between 10 p.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Saturday. That total only counts accidents that resulted in injuries or vehicles damaged to the point of needing a tow. Drivers who spun out but were still able to drive away were told to make reports within 10 days.
None of the injuries was serious, police said, and no major accidents were reported across Chicago.
Friday’s storm, which radar showed leaving the area about 9 p.m., also grounded more than 800 flights.
As of 9 p.m., the storm left southwest suburban Joliet buried in 9.1 inches of snow, with 5.4 inches recorded at O'Hare Airport, according to the National Weather Service. The total at Midway Airport was 7.3 inches.
West suburban Downers Grove received 6.8 inches and northwest suburban McHenry had gotten 7.8 inches, according to the agency.
Snowfall in south suburban Beecher was measured at 8 inches as of 8:45 p.m., while north suburban Winnetka had gotten 6 inches of the white stuff as of about 9:20 p.m., according to the NWS.